Monday, 31 October 2011

Beyond the Sea

Topshop sweater, Boden skirt, M&S shoes, earrings a gift and ring from Stars, Abersytwyth

Sorry for not posting in so long. Once again, life has been very hectic recently, and I didn't have the best week last week and didn't really feel like posting to be honest. I was rejected for a full time permanent job at work because I simply hadn't worked there long enough to have the same experience as the other applicant, got rejected for the Oxfam blog and was looking at having to work only 16 hours a week up until Christmas on a temporary contract. I was starting to think that I should just jack in everything and move up to live with my boyfriend as soon as possible since I wasn't really achieving much being here. However, after a delightful weekend in Aberystwyth, (shoutouts to all the lovely people there who may be reading this who provided me with an amazing time, especially my darling Kathleen as always) I returned to work to find the situation somewhat altered.

The girl who had got the job has now got a new job at a bank and so I was offered the position! Clearly, its a little sucky to know I wasn't the first choice, but I think it was purely due to the experience, and I did a few extra hours on the customer returns desk (where I am now based) before I was offered it so I must have been ok. I am feeling so much more positive about everything now; the hours fit in so much better with my trains, (despite having to get up at 6.30 again!) and I'll actually be earning enough to put a decent amount aside AND buy myself some lipstick occasionally. And its permanent so I have no need to worry about finding something new in January. I am so grateful to finally have something full time and permanent! I also don't start officially until next weekend so get to have a few days off with my sister whilst she is home for her reading week.

I also asked for some feedback on my Oxfam application and it turns out I got down to the final 6, which isn't too bad. Also there were apparently some rather well established bloggers amongst my competition, so I don't feel too bad about it now. It was more the combined effect of that with everything else that upset me, but things are looking much better now. Just have to keep working at this little baby I suppose!

Er, so I should probably tell you about the outfit now rather than just wittering on about my life! I absolutely adore this Topshop jumper- its so comfy (yes, I am aware it is quite unflattering, but I love it nonetheless!) and also has plenty of Railway Children-esqueness. I thought I should give you a close up so you could see the collar a little better, especially since it is sticking up a bit in the main outfit shot.

The ring is my latest addition to my ring collection. Whilst in Aberystwyth Kathy and I went to one of our favourite shops to peruse their fantastic ring collection, but nothing had really caught my eye until I saw this beauty. I knew I had to have her straight away. Shes a teeny bit big but I always prefer my rings a little large anyway, since I tend to fiddle with them and it really freaks me out when your fingers swell and they seem to get stuck! The detail on her is amazing and it makes me happy in my silly sappy Marianne-from-Sense-and-Sensibility sort of a way that I brought a mermaid back from the sea. She hasn't left my hand all week.

I must go to bed now- clocks going back last night resulted in extra sleep yesterday but means I am extra tired right now! I recorded two make up videos today so shall hopefully have those up tomorrow. Ooh, and mentioning videos, I have been considering making a ring collection one for a while now- is that something people would be interested in?

Monday, 17 October 2011

Mystique (although I do not possess it at all).

M&S Limited Collection tee shirt, Dorothy Perkins skirt from charity shop, Russell and Bromley loafers, Topshop earrings, Pilgrim ring

This outfit is actually from last Saturday so I should have posted it already- I'm sorry, I just sort of forgot. Have been working my arse off somewhat and am currently in the middle of 5 days on the trot- however, it is all so I can go and spend 4 glorious days with my boyfriend revisiting Aberystwyth, so it shall all be worth it. And then you can finally get some half decent pictures again from Kathy! Hooray. Saying that, sorry about these photos- as you can see from the tiny blotches, it had just started to rain as I took these and the light was fading fast! Hence the need for flash which illuminates my head in the second picture.

Right. So, I wore this last weekend whilst my sister was home and we did a bit of shopping and went to the theatre. We saw One Man, Two Guvnors which was absolutely hilarious and if any of you have a chance to go I would highly recommend it. We bought tickets at the very last minute and had appalling seats right at the very back but the show was so good it didn't matter. Speaking of the theatre, annoyingly my rather last minute trip to Aber has completely scuppered my chance to go see Tom Chambers (of Strictly fame) in Top Hat next Thursday, something my mum and I have had booked for months. I have loved him ever since his Holby days and to see him tap dance (one of the sexiest things ever in my opinion- too much Singin' in the Rain as a child!) would have been so, so good. However, I suppose its probably better to get to see my actual boyfriend rather than lusting after some man on a stage, so oh well!

Er, so that tangent over with... I had been looking forward to wearing this top all week. As soon as I saw the stripes and the colours at work I knew I had to have it. I also love the chiffon detail on the shoulders. I also knew I needed to get a teal eyeshadow to wear with it, and after much searching of both Boots and MAC, I found this Too Faced one. I'll talk about it in more detail in a video at a later date, but it really is amazing. The perfect balance between blue and green. Also, it totally made me feel like I had Mystique eyes.

Is two X-Men beauty references too much on one head?!!

Right, that's more than enough wittering on for now. Must go to bed, for I am at work again tomorrow. Although I promise I shall endeavour to be a better blogger and do more posts soon, since I do have several nice outfits backlogged.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cats in bow ties... how could I resist?

H&M jumper, M&S skirt, Russell and Bromley loafers

Apologies for appalling photos, both in pose and lighting. I was intending to take the photos outside in natural light, but its been such a dingy day and then it was raining when I went to take them! There is also not really a way to photograph this jumper that makes it look flattering, because to be honest, its really not. It makes my boobs look huge and is way too short and so sits on my belly, but I really liked it and so bought it anyway. It is just too damn cute with the cats, especially with their little bow ties! My boyfriend also really liked it which is not something that happens often with my clothing! Please also excuse if my face looks a bit orange- I went and bought my first bottle of Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation yesterday and the woman has matched to a shade which is way too dark. She said she thought I'd be inbetween this one and the paler one, but on my jaw line this one looked much better whereas the lightest shade just looked too pale. But now I have this one on all over it looks too orange. Le sigh. I'm going to go back and get a sample of the lighter one to try mixing it before I invest another bloody £26.50! If that one is ok on my skin I might see whether she'll do an exchange, but I don't hold out much hope. Damn annoying!

Also, I am unfortunately going to be stuck in uniform for a while longer- M&S have extended my contract for yet another fortnight. Whilst it is good to still have a job, I was really hoping to know by now whether they're taking me on for Christmas or not. The whole thing is a little bit ridiculous really, but hopefully it will be sorted soon. I have got tomorrow and the weekend off though so should be able to take a few pictures for you all then.